Residents in southwest Calgary got some unfavourable news when the government announced the Alberta budget last week, as the completion of the ring road is now delayed until 2024 or 2025.
Traffic on Sarcee Trail is going to become a bigger problem for residents in the communities in southwest Calgary, as the province announces that construction on the southwest portion of the ring road won't pick up again until 2021.
Cabinet cut about $1.5 billion from existing ring road spending plans by delaying the west leg, which the government had initially planned to start building in 2017 and have finished by 2021 — finally closing the loop on Calgary’s decades-long ring road saga. Alberta’s revenue plunge forced a change of plans. [Calgary Herald]
Those who live in this area of the city already feel the pain, as this transportation area is already at capacity. The City was anticipating that the parallel Stoney Trail would help with some of the congestion. The provincial government has said they will be working with the City of Calgary to blend highway and the existing roads to help out in the meantime.
While the longer wait for the final segment will aggravate motorists, the big impact may be to the area’s existing roads in five years, when four northbound lanes of the southwest leg spill thousands of cars onto existing roads like Glenmore and Sarcee Trails, said Coun. Richard Pootmans. [Calgary Herald]
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